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January 30, 2009

Shorties (Radiohead, Bishop Allen, and more)

Amazon is selling an mp3 download of the 17-track Radiohead: The Best of for only $5.

Bishop Allen frontman Justin Rice talks to Exclaim! about the band's forthcoming album, Grrr... (out March 10th).

The Asheville Citizen-Times interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

Q: What different approach — if any — will you bring to your upcoming solo release?

A: It's very different from my first solo album. It's kind of a power pop album (to me). Half of the songs were written before DBT came to be and the other half were written from a very different perspective in the months prior to my daughter's birth. I'm very proud of it and hope it can finally see the light of day.

The Guardian previews Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ad for Pepsi.

Boxwish lists the best fictional bands in movies.

The A.V. Club reviews the DVD, How to Work Out Like an Indie Rocker.

The Washington Times lists the top 5 literary alter egos.

NME's In the Office blog lists the best online music services.

The Guardian gives the new Andrew Bird album, Noble Beast, five stars out of a possible five.

Bird and his 10 collaborators use sound the way the impressionists daubed paint, layering elegiac violin melodies with pattering plucked notes, fuzzy or jangly guitar, clip-clop percussion, clicks and drones to create music that might be straightforwardly folky, brightly poppy or more experimental, but is always vivid and engaging.

Coachella has announced its 2009 lineup, daily headliners are Paul McCartney, the Killers, and the Cure.

Reading (or re-reading) David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest? You might find the Infinite Jest Vocabulary Guide helpful.

Publishers Weekly lists books published to coincide with the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

At Magnet, former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle is guest blogging this week.

Guitar World lists the 50 greatest guitar solos of all time.

Daytrotter's Friday session features in-studio mp3s from Musee Mecanique.

The New York Times profiles Bruce Springsteen.

While his latest seven-album contract with Columbia Records is worth a reported $110 million, he still comes across as a working-class guy from New Jersey, invoking a compassionate populism as he sings about jobs, families and everyday life and savors the company of his longtime buddies in the E Street Band. He has the gravitas to lead off an inaugural concert and the gusto to rock the Super Bowl. In between he released a new studio album, “Working on a Dream.”

The Christian Science Monitor examines the e-book revolution.

Exclaim! interviews Jason Stollsteimer of the Von Bondies.

Popjournalism lists books to watch for in 2009.

Gothamist interviews Henry Selick, director of Coraline.

And what was Neil Gaiman’s reaction when he finally saw the finished product?

I personally flew out there two weeks ago to present it to him and his friends and family—some people very protective of Coraline—and everyone was very happy. As far as I could tell, Neil was pleased with the finished product.

NPR excerpts the Raymond Carver interview from The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III.

Amazon offers over 570 free mp3 downloads.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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